September/October 2013 Recycling E-Newsletter


Beyond Recycling: Take It to the Next Level, 10/15

Join us for a GreenPort Community Forum on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00pm at the Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Ave (corner of Magazine St). Cambridge Recycling Director Randi Mail will lead a lively discussion of steps we can take that go beyond normal recycling practices. Topics include zero waste solutions for individuals and the City and benefits of reuse. We will look at personal choices and City initiatives that can significantly reduce our carbon footprint. GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood. For more info, contact Steve Wineman at


Help “City Share Club” Get On Its Feet

Sharing a bike and a car is now part of our lives and now there is a new startup in Cambridge called City Share Club,  where you can share tools, lawn equipment and small appliances.  City Share Club is looking to start actively serving the Cambridge community and is looking for donations of gently used tools, lawn items or small appliances, donate gently used items. To support this project they are working on a crowd funding campaign.  City Share Club was one of the winners of the Center for a New American Dream’s collaborative community seed grants in its Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge. For questions contact

Household Hazardous Waste Collection 10/19

The last 2013 collection is Saturday 10/19 from 9am-1pm. Bring accepted items to the Danehy Park Parking Lot on Field St at Fern St. Cambridge residents only. Items accepted include auto fluids, batteries (non alkaline), car tires, glues, medications, mercury items, paint products, solvents, and propane tanks (20 lbs or less). Click here for a full list of items accepted, alternative options and items you can bring to the Recycling Center during open hours. When deciding what items to bring to a hazardous waste collection, look for products labeled with these signal words: POISON, DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION.


City Manager Seeks Members for Recycling Committee, by 10/22
City Manager, Richard C. Rossi seeks Cambridge residents and local professionals interested in serving on the Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC). The RAC is an all volunteer committee active for 20+ years, which provides advice, assistance, and recommendations to the Department of Public Works regarding recycling and waste reduction programs. The RAC does this through research, feedback, public outreach, leadership and event planning and participation. Members should have a demonstrated interest in recycling, composting, reuse, extended producer responsibility, and waste prevention. Visit our website to review the full description of requirements and responsibilities, and details on how to apply.


Terrific Short Films: Story of Stuff Project
 With over 15 million views and counting, The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time. Annie Leonard founded the non-profit Story of Stuff Project in 2008 to respond to tens of thousands of viewer requests for more information and ways to get involved. We create short, easily shareable online movies that explore some of the key features of our relationship with Stuff—including how we can make things better; we provide high quality educational resources and programs to everyone from teachers and people of faith to business and community leaders; and we support the learning and action of the over 350,000 members of the Story of Stuff community.

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